Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Sunday and Dreaming Anastasia

The husband is doing his happy dance today because Super Bowl Sunday is a like a national holiday for him. Came home yesterday clutching his special rootbeer and pretzels.

As for me, Super Bowl Sunday is always connected to Dreaming Anastasia. Why, you might ask? Good question, that! Because on Super Bowl Sunday of 2006, during the 2nd quarter, I wandered upstairs to the office computer, held my breath, and fired off four fresh agent queries about what was then titled Spark. I hadn't queried since the fall because I'd been revising some and licking my wounds of rejection. But it was time, I thought. As I've written about widely, I was having the worst school year ever. It was really now or never as far as I was concerned. I was going to keep going til I got it right.

By half time, I'd gotten one rejection from the four and one request for a partial. The next day, I got another partial request. One just disappeared into the ether. One of those requests was from Laura Rennert of ABLA, who passed the manuscript on to then ABLA junior agent, Michelle Andelman. The rest, as they say, is history.

So - for some it's the commericals. For others it's the game. For others, the beer and snacks. For me - it's the dream of publication coming true because I had the guts to try it again and I didn't give up and the stars all got aligned and sent me a gift.

It is thus fitting, that tomorrow or the next day, I will be making a VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT as soon as that VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is officially posted somewhere else that it is going to be posted.

To me Super Bowl Sunday = Books on shelf/Dreams Come True

til next time...


Dianne K. Salerni said...

Isn't kind of amazing that those lucky breaks really DO happen? Sometimes, it is all too easy to think they only happen in the movies. It's a lot easier to give up then it is to keep trying. I'm looking forward to hearing your big announcement ... although I have a guess or two about what it might be!

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Vonna said...

It's fun that you have a day that is memorialized every year to mark your entry into the world of published authors. I'll be watching that "somewhere else" so I can be one of the first to hear your good news!

Elana Johnson said...

Very cool! Can't wait for the big announcement. I just read Dreaming Anastasia over the weekend and LOVED it. One of my best reads this year. :)